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It's hard to impress a couple of guys from Texas when it comes to barbecue. Not long after they moved to Atlanta, more than 20 years ago, when they cooked just for friends, Justin and Jonathan Fox did what Texans do and started trying local barbecue places. They liked one or two, but overall, they were underwhelmed.
Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q will open its second full location at The Works on the Westside in 2020.
“It’s feeding an area where’s there’s not an abundant amount of food,” owner Jonathan Fox says. “It gives us the opportunity to play with some different menu items we’ve been tinkering with. There will be some surprises.”
Known as a celebratory food in Mexico, tamales are particularly popular this time of year from the Feast of Guadalupe on December 12th through Three Kings’ Day on January 6th. In Atlanta, tamales can be found year-round, but certain restaurants, like Taqueria Del Sol and Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, stock up for the holiday season.
Pow! The brazenly seasoned meats served by the Brothers Fox, Jonathan and Justin, throw punches right to the kisser—and the crowds roar for more. Its central location near Little Five Points and its over-the-top approach to barbecue add up to an always-packed hot spot where the parking lot is one continuous standoff.
Justin and Jonathan Fox, the identical twins who run Fox Bros. BBQ and Big Tex, were born within three minutes of each other in San Antonio on March 2—Texas Independence Day. As teenagers, both worked their first jobs at Six Flags Over Texas, where Justin made funnel cakes and Jonathan worked at a lemonade stand. When they moved to Georgia, they missed fair food but longed more for the beef barbecue of their home state. In 2001 the brothers began hosting annual blowout barbecue parties at their house, and in 2003, encouraged by their friends’ praise (and the lack of decent ’cue in Atlanta at the time), they began catering and approached Smith’s Olde Bar in Midtown about selling barbecue on Wednesday nights. Their smoky brisket, ribs, and pulled pork wowed concertgoers, and their one-night-a-week gig expanded to weekends as well. In 2007 the owners of Smith’s helped the Fox boys open their own barbecue joint, and the crowds have never let up.